Raleigh, NC, January 01, 2020 --(PR.com)-- EatDrinkDeals released its Top 10 list of the Best Restaurant and Fast Food Deals of 2019, celebrating a year of BOGOs, free restaurant deliveries, $1 cocktails, and casual dining specials.
The number 1 restaurant / fast food deal of 2019 goes to Burger King for the dozens of deals it provided every day in the BK app. Other top deals for 2019 include free restaurant delivery and ongoing specials at Applebee's, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, TGI Fridays, Papa John's and Outback Steakhouse.
Although 2019 was a great year for dining deals, the staff of EatDrinkDeals had no trouble picking Burger King's App Coupons as EatDrinkDeals' Number One Deal of 2019. Here is the complete list of the Top 10 Restaurant and Fast Food Deals of 2019; you can find more details on the EatDrinkDeals Website.
1. Burger King App coupons, with honorable mention to Wendy's, Del Taco and Dairy Queen
2. Free Restaurant Delivery
3. Olive Garden $5 take home
4. Red Lobster weekday deals
5. TGI Fridays weekday deals
6. Papa Johns promo codes
7. Applebee's $1 drink of the month
8. Bloomin' Monday at Outback
9. Veterans Day Free Meals
10. Happy Hour Specials
All the details follow below.
Number 1 Dining Deal of 2019: Burger King Coupons
Every day in 2019 you could bring up the Burger King App and choose from dozens of coupons. Typical deals have been:
- Whopper BOGO: Buy one Whopper at regular price and get another at no charge.
- Double Whopper for $3
- $7 Taste Test Bundle: 1 Impossible Whopper plus 1 traditional Whopper
- Free 4 pc Chicken Nuggets with any purchase.
Other fast food chains also had app coupons during 2019, though none were as generous as BK's. Wendy's usually has app coupons for $2 off a salad or free fries with any mobile order. Del Taco often has a free taco or tostada with a $3 purchase. Dairy Queen often has $1 Ice Cream and $1 Misty drinks, and discounts on Blizzards. The biggest fast food chain, McDonald's, also has app coupons but in 2019 McDonald's reduced their app offers to a few minor deals.
No. 2: Free Restaurant Delivery
2019 was a breakout year for restaurant delivery. By the end of 2019, nearly all the major restaurant chains were offering delivery, either through their own private service or from a partner like DoorDash or Grubhub. Delivery usually costs an additional $5 to $8 but in 2019 EatDrinkDeals frequently found free delivery deals from major chains.
No. 3: Olive Garden $5 Take Home
In 2019 Olive Garden began offering a $5 take home deal. With this special, dine in on one entree then you can take home up to five more entrees for just $5 each. Take home entrees include lasagna, fettuccine alfredo and spaghetti. Honorable mention for similar take home deals goes to Maggiano's Little Italy and Carrabba's Italian Grill.
No. 4: Red Lobster Weekday Win
In 2019 Red Lobster introduced a Weekday Win menu with Endless Shrimp and seafood feasts for $15. Guests who visit their local Red Lobster restaurant Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. can take advantage of these Weekday Win Specials:
- Endless Shrimp Monday: Mix and match your favorite shrimp for just $15. Choose from Garlic Shrimp Scampi, Hand-Breaded Shrimp and Wood-Grilled Shrimp Skewers.
- Pick Two Tuesday: Mix and match seafood favorites every Tuesday. Get two entrées of your choosing, paired with one side. Entree choices are: Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Wild-Caught Golden-Fried or Oven-Broiled Whitefish, Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, Garlic Shrimp Scampi, Wood-Grilled Shrimp, Shrimp Linguini Alfredo, and Wood-Grilled Tilapia.
- 4-Course Feast Wednesday and Thursday: A four-course feast for just $15. Start with your choice of soup and salad. Then select your favorite entrée from the list, and finish off with dessert.
- Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp Friday: Hand-dipped jumbo shrimp tossed in flaky coconut and fried up crisp. Dip them in piña colada sauce.
All of these deals come with choice of salad and unlimited Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
No. 5: TGI Fridays Weekday Deals
TGI Fridays in 2019 introduced weekday specials including $5 burgers and $7.99 Big Ribs. The TGI Fridays Weekday Specials for 2019 were:
- Monday: Cajun Shrimp and Chicken Pasta, $5.99 for a lunch portion or $8.99 for a full portion
- Tuesday: $5 Cheeseburger and Fries
- Wednesday: $5 Chicken Sandwich and Fries
- Thursday: Big Ribs with seasoned fries and coleslaw, $7.99 for a half-rack, $12.99 for a full rack of ribs
- Friday: $12 Endless Appetizers all day.
No. 6: Papa John's Promos
Papa John's Pizza offered generous promo codes throughout the year in 2019. Current promos (as of December 31, 2019) include a large 1-topping carryout pizza for $6.99, two medium two-topping pizzas for $5.99 each, and a large Specialty pizza for $9.99. Honorable mention goes to Domino's and Pizza Hut which had week-long half-price specials several times during the year.
No. 7: Applebee's $1 Cocktail
Every month in 2019 Applebee's featured a drink of the month priced at $1 or $2. Applebee's drinks of the month included the Merry Dollarita in December, the $1 Vodka Cranberry Lemonade in November, the $1 Vampire in October, and $1 Adios in September. Honorable mention goes to Chili's for their $5 Margarita of the Month.
No. 8: Bloomin' Monday at Outback
During NASCAR season Outback had free Bloomin’ Onions with any purchase at lunch or dinner on the Monday after their sponsored race car driver, Kevin Harvick, finished in the top 10. The deal was good most weeks during NASCAR season, which is February through November. We're expecting to see the deal return when NASCAR season starts on February 9, 2020. Honorable mention goes to Hooters which offers free fried pickles or a boneless wings BOGO when their sponsored driver is in the top 10.
No. 9: Veterans Day Free Meals
Millions of veterans were treated to a free meal on Veterans Day (November 11, 2019) at many chain restaurants. Applebee's, Golden Corral, Chili's, McCormick & Schmick's, and Olive Garden in particular deserve recognition for free entrees for vets.
No. 10: Happy Hour Specials
Most chain restaurants continued to offer generous Happy Hour specials in 2019. Examples include Cod Sliders for $6 at Bonefish Grill; Shrimp Scampi or Calamari for $6 at Carrabba’s; a California Roll at P.F. Chang’s for $6; and a $10 Prime Burger at Fleming’s Steakhouse. You can enjoy these deals and dozens of others by taking advantage of Happy Hour.
That's the EatDrinkDeals Top 10 list; other notable dining out deals during the year were:
Restaurant Week. This annual event at many major cities allows you to visit the finest restaurants for a special price, usually around $20 for lunch and $30 for dinner. 2020 looks to be an even bigger year for Restaurant Week.
Game Day deals. Many chain restaurants and sports bars offer Game Day Deals such as BOGOs on wings, discounted drinks. Examples include $5 pitchers at Buffalo Wild Wings and $5 Bar Bites and Dave & Buster's. For all the current Game Day specials see the Game Day Deals roundup.
All you can eat deals. Endless shrimp, pasta, and other all you can eat deals were regular promotions offered during the year at several chains. Applebee's currently has endless shrimp, riblets and boneless wings. Olive Garden had endless pasta in September - November. IHOP had endless pancakes in January - February. Red Lobster offered Endless Shrimp in September-November. Outback also offered endless shrimp in September - November. TGI Fridays offers endless appetizers. And of course every day you can enjoy all you can eat from the buffet at Cici's and Golden Corral.
That’s it for 2019. Here’s hoping that 2020 brings even better EatDrinkDeals.
EatDrinkDeals is the nation's leading news source for discount dining information. EatDrinkDeals covers all the major national restaurant chains and provides restaurant coupons, coupon codes and general information on how to get the best dining deals. EatDrinkDeals is published by Matt Arnold of Morrisville, NC.
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